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cat back or muffler?

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by dirtytaco2010, Oct 16, 2010.

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muffler vs cat-back

Poll closed Nov 15, 2010.
  1. muffler

    16 vote(s)
    53.3%
  2. cat back

    14 vote(s)
    46.7%
  1. Oct 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    dirtytaco2010

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    looking to get a good sound from my exhaust. There are 9million and one options and the same amount of threads..I've looked at them..I am leaning towards the flowmaster 40 series muffler vs. the cat back..my question is:

    is there any benefit to a whole cat back system vs just changing out my muffler to get sound and moderate gains? A new muffler is much more wallet friendly..and seems to have the same result. and with the extra cash I can do more mods

    your thoughts please?
     
  2. Oct 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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    08pretaco

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    instead of going that route id suggest going with the Doug Thorely Long tube headers!
     
  3. Oct 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM
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    dirtytaco2010

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    maybe in the future the $$$ is the issue there lol
     
  4. Oct 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM
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    08pretaco

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    Ah ok lol kinda figured there had to be something that was keeping headers from being considered!
     
  5. Oct 16, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    numbah57

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    Are the headers really worth it?
     
  6. Oct 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM
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    austinstaco

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    I put on a Flowmaster Super 40 single in dual out with 3.5x12 Echo Tips, I wanted something that kept the same departure angle of the truck.
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  7. Oct 16, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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    rbeezy

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    depends on what you want. if you want just sound, then get the muffler. if you want sound + power, then get the cat-back...
     
  8. Oct 16, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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    04LTtacoma

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    Go witht he muffler. Why spend extra money for the cat back exhaust system??
     
  9. Oct 16, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    dually

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    Just get a muffler... Theres no reason to buy a system, your gains are minimal.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM
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    smuggiesrider

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    Just found a 5k mile old trd cat back for $200. REALLY impressed with the extra power. It's noticeable in the 2-3k RPM range. Great sound too!
     
  11. Oct 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    I personally never liked the idea of just cutting out the stock muffler and welding in something new. I don't mind paying a bit more for a quality catback system.
     
  12. Oct 16, 2010 at 11:59 PM
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    dirtytaco2010

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    austin and whipper snapper i have to agree...i think im gonna just wait a little longer and spring for the flowmaster super 40 single in dual out... fount it today 352...shipped with a coupon code...
     
  13. Oct 17, 2010 at 12:12 AM
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    I've got a Wickedflow muffler installed and I love how it sounds. Also, I plan on getting a resonated tip here soon to deepen the tone a little more. I'm, not sure if you've heard of this site or not but its http://www.bearriverconverters.com
     
  14. Oct 17, 2010 at 12:14 AM
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    i have and was looking into this actually...was the install easy? is it just a clamp or do you need to have it welded on?
     
  15. Oct 17, 2010 at 1:39 AM
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    You can weld or clamp, but for security sake, I would weld it. I will vouch for a muffler replacement. A catback is kind of nice because ease or install, but you are paying the premium price for about $30 worth of extra pipe. If you buy catback, you are limited to the manufacturers who actually make cat backs. Aero Turbine, my tacos muffler brand, as well as like wicked flows, do not make catback systems. So in that regard you are kind of limited. My vote is that you do a muffler swap. Take the truck to the shop and have them clamp a few different ones in, then weld in the one you like best.
     
  16. Oct 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    Good advice thanks. I didn't know they would let you test a few out
     
  17. Oct 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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    I like the catback because I seem to change my mind about sound a lot.

    1st was a Banks catback, great sound just a bit too loud. My son has it on his now.
    2nd was a TRD, great sound and just right for me on loudness.

    3rd setup was a URD pipebomb which eliminates the rear cats and moves the driverside pipe up and out of the way for skid plates to get max. clearance with the TRD catback. This was too loud again.

    4th setup URD pipebomb and stock catback. silent at low rpm and slight throttle openings. Howls nicely at higher rpms and wide open throttle.
    I also have the TRD intake so it adds a bit to the wide open howl as well.

    I like this (for now :rolleyes: ) we will see how things go.
    I just prefer the easy changing without welding muffs for my use.
     
  18. Oct 17, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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    A guy at my work just did up a custom y pipe, rear cat "delete" and custom cat back exhaust with a flowmaster 40 muffler. Piping is all 3 in and i gotta say if you can make one yourself or have one made do it it was worth it for me at least!!! sounds awesome and even though power gain is minimal it is a definite smoother power band.
     
  19. Oct 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    aha Mainah,

    can yah send pichas of that setup? sounds kindah like what i wanah doo.

    You betch yah!
     
  20. Oct 18, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    nice, i wanna get something like this too..
    is it custom built??
     
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